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Reviews: 1,365
Hads: 4,688
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 18.3%
Wants: 60
Gots: 1,007 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000

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Photo of Austin32
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I understand in the pantheon of great beer this does not rate....but that being said with a plate full of fresh seafood, specifically oysters....a ice cold tap stella is pretty amazing. (185 characters)

Photo of BubblyTime
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A perfect simple lager -- light but not unrefined, a great go-to drink with any meal. My only problem with Stella is that the bottle is small and it's easily drinkable -- meaning it goes too fast. The only beer I need to of to finish a meal. Otherwise, a great drink. (267 characters)

Photo of RonJensen
1.43/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is overrated and way overpriced, there's nothing special here. For about the same price you can buy much better beers, like Heineken, Carlsberg, Samuel Adams, Beck's or for an even lower price, you can buy some American pale lagers, like Schlitz and others like it. (275 characters)

Photo of Michelleluw
3.84/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stella is a great beer to start off with in life. It's light, approachable, you can drink a handful of them. I love Stella because it's great with everything and it's hard for people not to like. If you're looking for a mind-blowing beer, don't buy Stella. But I like it! (271 characters)

Photo of priwen
3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light straw appearance. Foamy white head that dissipates slowly. Shows good carbonation. Aroma of grassy hops and bready malt with some corn in the background. The flavor is much like the aroma - i.e., hops, malt and some corn. Mild flavor overall. Light - medium mouthfeel. Clean and crisp finish. Semi-sweet. Overall, a solid beer. Nothing really stands out about this beer good or bad.

11.2 oz bottle
Best Before End: 01.2016
Served in a Pilsner glass (464 characters)

Photo of DevAJ
4.5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to beer because most places have it on tap and it's usually the best thing on tap. This is one of the first beers that actually allowed me to start to appreciate beer (along with Heineken). I tend to lean more toward the European beers though, so to each their own.

I would say that Stella and Heineken are both very good entry level beers for people who think they don't like beer. I started with those two just a year or so ago and now I'm learning to appreciate the Gulden Draaks, the Pauwel Kwaks, the EKU 28s, and the Samichlaus type beers. This is why I still like it a lot and it's my go to because most places aren't going to have the previously mentioned beers. (689 characters)

Photo of SenorElRaz
2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This stuff isn't bad, but it is not nearly as good as it needs to be to justify its high price. I'd honestly rather drink Pabst than this, and it'd cost me much less. Overall, it's ok but WAY overpriced. (203 characters)

Photo of predikit
2.49/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear yellow. Left a fizzy white head that dissipated quickly, no lacing left on the glass.

This bottled was skunked, may re-review with a better batch.

Beer had no particular scents or flavor to distinguish itself.

Light bodied, light carbonation. (261 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear, pale straw in color. Frothy and bubbly white head that is very thick even with a slow pour. Head dissipates slowly. Moderate carbonation. 4/5

S - Corn. White bread. Grassy hops. Skunk. Slight spiciness. 3.25/5

T - Main tasting notes are white bread and grassy hops. Not a whole lot going on but a decent session beer. Ever so slight sweet note. 3.25/5

M - Very light and crisp. Finishes very clean. Carbonation is not over the top. 3.5/5

O - This is a beer that would go well with anything and nothing at all. If not pairing with anything, then it becomes more of a summer beer in my opinion. Very light and will not fill you up. 3.25/5 (670 characters)

Photo of supervike
3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Easy to find lager. It's a clear golden color, and has a slight skunk smell. It's a crisp light beer with a good hoppy taste upfront. There is a clean finish at the end. It's a solid beer in the style that I like. (217 characters)

Photo of vikinggary28
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the go to light pale euro lager, although I will only purchase it on sale, a little too pricey if not on sale. Look is pale amber with a white head and a little lacing. Smell is a pleasant hopped aroma. Taste is similar, very light. Good mouthfeel, not heavy at all. A good dinner beer, goes with most everything, without the aftertaste you get with some American pilsners. Not the best, but when your unsure of which euro light lager to pick up, you can't go wrong with it. (482 characters)

Photo of Mtcarini
2.56/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 1 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

When Marlon Brando famously exclaimed "Stellaaaaaa!!!!!" In the classic film On The Waterfront, he was almost certainly NOT talking about this beer. Stella the woman is classy, sexy, playful, firm. Stella the beer is...not. She's gassy, she's tasteless, she's haughty for her age and level of sophistication. I get it - she's foreign, but if she's bad in the (hop) sack I don't see the point of coming back for seconds. At the end of the day, Stella is eminently forgettable and doesn't hold a candle to a nice American girl of a similar price. (544 characters)

Photo of Butter14
4.26/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Frothy head, medium body and a pleasant but mild noble hop aroma. It's a sessionable beer and one that has a hint of sweetness towards the end. If you're a fan of lagers this should be a beer that should be on your tasted list. (227 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.37/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Brilliant straw color. Rich thick extra foamy 2 finger white head, lasting 2 - 3 minutes and sticking on the glass in a unique way.

Faint aromas and flavors of citrus, corn, slightly skunky with some floral spices. Very faint taste but well balanced in sweetness and bitterness with a little sugary feel.

Light slick body with faint carbonation but a prickly finish. Short and faint finish on the bitter side.

Overall : Too delicate, missing some freshness and lots of flavors, I find this beer a little off. In comparison, the Heineken is better in my opinion. (564 characters)

Photo of ntgrant
4.65/5  rDev +52%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: A nice golden/yellow color. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Light and airy. Not much to it.

Taste: sweet, hops, slight citrus, and malty.

Feel: Very smooth and refreshing. Light-bodied, great for a meal or following a porter/stout. (241 characters)

Photo of tumblingpenguin
1.92/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer simply has nothing to offer except, I suppose, a means of consuming alcohol. The lack of aroma followed by the absence of flavor makes this the beer equivalent of eating cardboard. I give it a 2 overall because it isn't bad per se, it just isn't good. One could drink this without any real complaint but I don't know why when there are so many other, better options. (376 characters)

Photo of Ranger337
3.17/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of my favs. Nice light taste, easy drinking. Tastes like an American Lager, but there seems to be more body to it. As long as the price stays low, I will continue to buy this nice beer. (192 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A moderate pour produces hardly any head which leaves very little lace. The beer is a pale straw color with light carbonation.

There's not much of an aroma, but I get something that reminds me of butter. The flavor is rather sweet, with a little bit of DMS, skunk and herbal hops. A little citrus shows through. Also, just a touch of barnyard funk reminds you that it's a Belgian.

I've never been a huge fan of this stuff. It's a little insipid. If this wasn't part of a variety pack, I would have never bought it. (523 characters)

Photo of dodge408
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this was ok. Reminds me of a skunked beer but with some for flavor of hops that not common. So honestly it's get what you pay for and I respect that. Just try it and judge it yourself. (189 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.71/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Last sampled on 1/16/15 with a good friend, though had this before in a small 11.2 ounce bottle and even on tap. This is a special commemorative 750ml (25.3 ounce) bottle that is embossed that I found on sale at the local Walgreen's for $4.99 with a FREE Stella glass that they even etched with your name on it also. Awesome deal about a month ago right before Christmas. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees and poured in to a Stella Artois gold-rimmed glass. Has a cork with a metal band.

Pours a straw-yellow in color with about a good 1-finger foamy white head that settles down to around 2mm after a while with some sticky lacing seen after each sip. Lots of tiny streaming bubbles rising the whole time until the end. The aroma has that typical 'skunk' aroma that is so common in green bottles for some reason and also just grains. The taste is pretty much just of grains and sweet grass with a hint of corn. Slight dry finish but it is drinkable. Lighter to medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Nothing really special and is just OK. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours an incredibly pale yellow, gives off about a finger of head.
S - Very light touches of grain and hops, however, keep this one right above freezing temperature, otherwise the skunk smell will come through as is commonplace with green bottle beers.
T - Has a bit more yeast, bitterness and hop presence than your average domestic draught, but still a definite, easy drinking working man's beer. Once again, don't allow this one to warm up or you'll be getting a mouthful of skunk.
O - Personally I myself have a craving for one of the skunky, green bottle beers every once in awhile, this is my first choice when I have such a craving.
V - Not good. Let the champagne style wrapping on the bottle be a sign, this is considered one of the "classiest" beers of the domestics, it isn't cheap, and until you're actually craving one, it's seldom worth the price. (869 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
3.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Specialty bottle Christmas set: 2 glasses and 1 champagne-like corked bottle.
Appearance is a pale straw colored beer. Medium carbonation with a 1 ½ to 2 inch white head. Surprisingly nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rather boring. I primarily get grain. Definitely get the skunkiness due to the green bottle.

The beer tastes like a macro-lager. A tad bit better than an average macro-lager however. I primarily get the nose in the taste: grain and skunk. Rather watery in my opinion with a lesser amount of carbonation than expected. Dry biscuity notes. The beer is pretty bland. I almost get a corn flavor, which may be the yeast or the grain. Strange hop flavor at the end. No bitterness, rather just an off-flavored hop presence.

Overall, this beer wouldn’t be terrible to drink at a hockey game. There is much more hype about this beer than there should be. The glassware however is pretty cool! I would pair this beer with something salty – typical pub fare anything from mixed nuts to wings to popcorn. I give it a 68/100. (1,044 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
3.17/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank cold straight from 284ml green bottle.

Once considered a premium beer in the UK, continuous reductions in strength due to taxing have left it instead as a fairly solid standby beer when nothing else takes your fancy.

S) Slightly skunked, dank hops.

T) Bitter Saars hops take the forefront. Only light bready malt flavour if any back it up. Some metallic flavours.

M) Light and very fizzy - would be refreshing if it were not for the slightly bitter aftertaste.

O) Still a much better beer than the other standard UK lagers (Carling, Fosters) etc. (559 characters)

Photo of Baltimore_Adam
3.49/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is my wife's favorite beer, so we almost always have it in the house. It's very drinkable and significantly more enjoyable than most lagers out there. Recently we have been enjoying the 14.9oz cans poured into Stella chalices. The combination of the can and the chalice provides a nice lasting frothy head; nose is slightly sweet with a slight but not unpleasant “skunk” smell; mild hop flavor with some grain, generally very enjoyable. Drinks like a light beer, but tastes and has the ABV of a “real” beer. (524 characters)

Photo of jharper2189
4.37/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good smooth taste, with a little dryness to it. A great balanced beer, and not very acidic because it is brewed with Saaz hops. One of my favorite hops out there. (162 characters)

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